Jonah 3:1-10 Reflection;
Today's first reading is about Jonah entering Nineveh and telling the people they have forty days before the city would be destroyed. Now one has to realize that Jonah's attitude wasn't of gloom but that he was looking forward to seeing God's wrath come down on these people.
My pastor's homily today brought out this interesting point. He said; the story of Jonah is a great story to read, especially during Lent. It is short and one can see similarities of the Prodigal Son story, Jonah would be like the son that stayed home.
If you don't know the story, Jonah tried to not do God's will by going away from Nineveh. In fact ,three times we hear God say "Get up, go to Nineveh". Jonah had a hunch that God was going to be merciful to the citizens of Nineveh and he didn't want this to happen. Jonah wanted God's wrath to come down on them. Very similar to the son in the Prodigal Son who stayed with his father. He didn't want the father to forgive.
What we learn in the story of Jonah as well as in the Prodigal Son is that God's mercy is greater than we can fathom or imagine. Human selfishness, resentment or any emotion that doesn't give glory to God is not part of God.
The salvation of every soul is precious to God. If you ever feel alienated from God because of something you did or did not do, remember that a humble, contrite heart He never scorns.